Forton Football


Photo © Richard Danter, Words © The News

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about an talent show I photographed for Y-Services at the Genesis youth centre in Fareham. Today I am writing about another event organised by the same group.

In celebration of the fact that the charity had received sponsorship from Barclays to fund a weekly football group in Forton, Gosport, they organised a 5-a-side football competition. Also attending were people from Eaton Aerospace who are also working with the charity on various projects.

To add to the excitement there were a number of other activities including Play Rangers and several competitions with a football theme.

Barclays organised for the Premiership League Trophy to be brought down and I was very happy to be able to photograph many of the people who came out for the day with the trophy.

To say thank you for the sponsorship, several of the boys who take part in the club every Saturday morning presented a photo to the local Barclays Bank branch manager. I was very pleased when one of my photos was used in the local newspaper (The News) and on their web site. The scan above s from the printed paper.

That wasn’t the only photo I took though.


© Richard Danter

My favourite photo from the day was this one of the Mayor talking to some young children who had been having their faces painted. As mayors go this one seemed like a lot of fun, shortly before this was taken he was doing “selfies” with some of the teenagers and handing out “Mayor Bear” badges. 🙂

I think it was a fantastic day, lots of fun and a great advertisement for the work Y-Services does for the community.

Until next time…

Take care


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Dove Release


Last weekend I had the opportunity to photograph a dove release for the first time. Working with Karen from Bridal Dreamz, who supplied the wedding dress and suit, and Kevin from Unity Doves, I was asked to produce several photos for use on their web pages and marketing.

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The weather was fantastic with beautiful clear blue sky, just what Kevin wanted, but for the first shots I headed for the shade of some trees.

Kevin brought three doves and we started with the baby. This was his (or her, Kevin wasn’t sure yet) first flight so nobody was very sure what would happen. Opting for a hand release I was pretty sure it would at least fly but I had no idea how fast. The little one was off like a rocket and I was pleased to have caught it at all!


Next was one of the two mature birds and we went for a basket release. The plan was to open the basket on the count of three and capture him as he flew out. Unfortunately, nobody thought to share the plan with the bird. Basket opens, ready on the shutter release and… nothing. A cunning plan maybe, keep us guessing and then shoot out when we were not expecting it!


The final dove also kept us waiting for a moment or two, but it was soon obvious that it was just so he could get his feathers looking good for a little posing on the edge of the basket. Then, after strutting his stuff he was off too.

I spoke to Kevin again the next day and he was happy to confirm that all three doves found their way home safe and well.

A big thank you also to our models for the day. Neither Megan or Reece had done anything like this before but they were great.

It’s a lovely idea for a wedding, and unusual too. I really enjoyed it and will be well prepared should any of my couples decide to release birds on their big day.

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I love live music so I jumped at the chance to photograph a recent talent show at the Genesis centre in Locks Heath. A group of young people got together with their youth workers from Y Services and musicians from Music Fusion to show what they had learned.


Some of the band members had been learning their instruments for only a short time, but the performance was amazing!


I had a really great time and I think it was pretty clear that the young people did too. They deserve be very proud of themselves.

I have been working a lot recently with Y Services so look out for more photos soon. To find out more about them and what they do pop over to their web site:

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Gemma – Test Shoot


Gemma © Richard Danter

This is a portrait taken at a recent test shoot with Gemma. I am hoping to work with her this year on a range of projects that will allow us both to try out some new things and get creative.

We already have a first shoot planned for later this month with a theme of “Books”.

Not sure what the results will be yet, but I do have a few ideas and Gemma has shared some of her own too. It is quite exciting to be collaborating with someone like this so I am really looking forward to it.

Watch this space!

Take care,


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